If you opened your own business, what would it be?
I would be a stylist/personal shopper/closet organizer. I love helping woman find their confidence through style and can work with any budget. I pride myself on my ability to sniff out a deal. My greatest score to date was a pair of chunky heel Tory Burch sandals from Nordstrom Rack. Originally $450 and I paid $30! I started doing this part time for my friends after graduating with my master’s and I loved it! Once my kids are a little older I’d like to get back in to this.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to get help. I’ve had high functioning anxiety my entire life but wasn’t diagnosed until college. I refused therapy and didn’t go until my second child was born. It was life changing. Being able to let go of so many things and talk to someone about how I was feeling helped me become a better human, mother and spouse. I would encourage anyone struggling to seek help, whether it’s through friends or formal counseling.
Also, go easy on the eyebrow plucking Katie. You’re gonna need those later.
One of the greatest compliments I’ve been given is that I make people feel happy when I’m around them. I want others to feel good when they are in my presence. When I get to the end of my life I want people to throw a big freakin party and talk about how much fun we had when we were together.
Also, I’m the person you call in when something embarrassing happens because I have the ability to make almost any situation hilarious.
What makes you feel fulfilled?
I always thought my career would define me and until I had kids that was my singular focus. Now my fulfillment comes from finding balance between the two. I’m lucky enough to work for an amazing company that allows me to have great work-life balance and be my best self. Am I perfect every day? Absolutely not. But it’s easier to feel fulfilled at home when you have a job you like at a company that cares.
When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?
Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”
What makes your heart race?
My husband. Even after 16 years, two kids, and our busy jobs, I love when we’re able to go on a date or mini vacation and remind each other why we fell in love in the first place. My parents live 5 minutes away and are super involved and supportive so luckily, we get to do those things frequently. It takes a village.
Organization or cause near to your heart-
I’m so grateful for my amazing sister-in-law, Katherine Hutchison, for recently introducing me to an organization called Hope for Children in Ethiopia (https://www.hope-ethiopia.com/) This organization is dedicated to helping women escape forced prostitution and getting young men off the streets, and teaching them skills and trades so they may become independent. Katherine is a very talented graphic designer and is the owner of Project7 design right here in Des Moines. She recently visited the organization in Ethiopia to see firsthand the amazing work they are doing. She redesigned and launched their new website to help spread awareness. Go check it out ya’ll!
One of the coolest things about this organization is that the goods the women and men make are for sale through bezathreads.org and they are absolutely stunning! 90% of the sale of the items goes directly to the charity!
What keeps you up at night?
My three-year-old and my geriatric dog that must pee.
What is a belief you once held but no longer do?
That you can have it all. You can have a lot of great things in your life but at any given time, one thing is going to be suffering. And that’s totally fine. I’ve learned to accept that and give myself grace and I’m much happier because of it.
What are you interested in connecting with other women about?
Axe throwing while drinking beer? Just kidding. I’d like to do more to mentor young women.